OfficeMaster (aka OfficeGod), our desktop emulator for the iPhone, has been declined for sale due to “Copyright Infringement”. In the email apple sent back to tell us why OfficeMaster could not be submitted, barely any information was given on what material we copied. The email’s contents is as follows:
Thank you for submitting OfficeMaster to the App Store. We’ve reviewed OfficeMaster and determined that we cannot post your application because it appears to include features that resemble Polaroid photographs. Polaroid has previously objected to other applications that include features that resemble Polaroid photographs, and believes that such features infringe its rights.
Please remember that pursuant to your agreement with Apple, you represent and warrant that your application does not infringe the rights of another party, and that you are responsible for any liability to Apple because of a claim that your application infringes another party’s rights. Moreover, we may reject or remove your application for any reason, in our sole discretion.
Please provide documentary evidence that you have the rights to use this content to ensure compliance with the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement. Once Legal has reviewed your documentation and confirms its validity, we will proceed with your application review. Be aware that while your iTunes Connect Application State is displayed as Rejected, it is not necessary to upload a new binary in this particular case. However, if your application is not in compliance, and you are able to make the necessary changes, we encourage you to do so and resubmit your binary for review.
App Review Team
iPhone Developer Program
I am unclear of what they mean by “features to resemble Polaroid photographs.” No where in my application can you take a photo, and no where can you print that photo. The only photo related thing we have is a desk item that is a picture frame. I did take the picture frame image from the internet, so that may be the problem. I will keep researching to figure out what it is that I may have “Copied”, but for now I am simply frustrated that apple has not told me what part of my app breaks copyright.
If you guys have any ideas on what it may be, shoot me an email at email@example.com.